Bethenny Frankel insists she NEVER misled the public about the ingredients in her Skinnygirl Margarita cocktail ... despite the fact it was recently pulled from Whole Foods.
Frankel just posted a statement on her website saying, "We would not sell anything that I don’t personally drink. I’m a natural foods chef and health is a top priority for me and my family."
She adds, "The Skinnygirl Margarita is made with natural ingredients and its label is consistent with U.S. federal regulations, which is why it is carried in stores nationwide and continues to fly off the shelves."
Bethenny concludes, "I built my brand on trust and honesty. I don’t take lightly obvious attempts to put my integrity in question. I will always answer your questions and concerns directly and truthfully."
As TMZ previously reported, Whole Foods yanked the product from its shelves recently ... claiming the drink contains a preservative that is NOT a natural ingredient.
Frankel told The Post, "I'm not making wheatgrass here. If I could put an agave plant and some limes on a shelf I would. [The Skinnygirl Margarita] is as close to nature as possible, while still being a shelf-stable product."
'Dancing with the Stars'
Official Cast Shots!
The official partner shots from this season of "Dancing with the Stars" are here -- and some people look more comfortable in their dancing costumes than others.
Check out all the "Dancing" cast in their spiffy new suits to get a look at what's to come!
TMZ's Second Annual
PICTURE CONTEST -- POPPIN'!
The belly-filled photos poured into the TMZ newsroom for our second annual Pregnant Picture Contest -- so take a few deep breaths and push through the preggo gallery as hard as you can!
**CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!**
Labor Day Weekend
Babies, Bikinis & 'Jersey Shore'
Labor Day weekend marked one of the last weekends of summer -- and you better believe the stars were out celebrating!
Check out all the Labor Day shots, plus appearances from Paris Hilton, Ciara, AnnaLynne McCord, Nicole Scherzinger and more!
Prego and Still BALLIN'
For 30th Bday in Venice
Beyonce celebrated her 30th birthday just like every other expectant mom -- ballin' her face off on a massive yacht in Venice, Italy!
B and Jay-Z held court aboard the super luxurious yacht "Odessa" ... for her big 3-0 celebration -- which included visits from celeb pals Gwyneth Paltrow and Erykah Badu.
Beyonce was seen on-deck checking out her not-yet-visible baby bump.
Even her fetus attends better parties than you.
Venice Film Festival
Stars Go Glam on Red Carpet
Hollywood's A-list hit the red carpet all weekend as part of the Venice Film Festival -- where stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and more got decked out in their best for a ton of glamorous film premieres.
Check out all the fashion hits and misses!
What's The Big Frigin'
Get out your glasses and pay extra special attention -- 'cause these tricky pics aren't quite what they seem!
Celebrity Baby Photo
GUESS THE CUTE KID!
Before this boy became one of the most sought after men in Hollywood, he was just another tot growing up Tennessee. Can you guess who he is?